Need to get your opiion on this video I made the last few days...what could I do to make it better?
I liked the shots that took the riding out of the context of Buck Hill into the more universal riding/skiing/jibbing experience. Keeping close in to your frame subject is good on a small hill. You know buck's a small place, but no one else needs to know. The more abstract shots are your friend and keep things in the 'univeral' realm mentioned above. The crowd shots, again, keep it tight. The shot of the girl with the drink is very effective. You want to sit down with her if she'll have you, and again, that's a universal. If you need a location shot that says "we're at BH", your title does that very well. Make a mountain out of a molehill, and you've done your job well. \
NIce job, good shooting.
Here are my issues, and this is meant to be constructive and make the video more compelling so here goes.
I like the music but it never really goes anywhere. Fine for :30, boring for the length of your video.
You did a nice job of cutting on the beats - very important, but you hold onto many of the shots for too long. Mix up the pace, the shots at the head should all be shorter. For example the shot of the lift bull wheel should cut where the people wipe the camera in the foreground...a natural cut point if I ever saw one. Same with some of your park shots, cut out sooner.
Kudos to you for cutting though... I mean it. So many people use distracting wipes and energy sapping dissolves in their videos. From the shooting and editing I am guessing you are either a professional or a serious student and I think you have talent.
Finally, the opening shot... I know you are going for a slow reveal of the subject matter and that is cool but I think you might find a better shot....and the close feels a little busy with the shot you are using behind the graphic. Maybe treat the background shot to help the gfx pop?
Best shot in the video is the CU of the girl drinking coffee and smiling. Get more of those if possible. For a local hill like yours it's the people and scene that will sell it.
I like the shots of the costumed groups walking towards the camera but I would break them up maybe with terrain park shots in-between the groups
Mostly the music and pacing though, mix up the pace of our shots and find some music that builds with EMOTION. Emotion is what sells promotional pieces like yours.
My background is in short-form promotional TV and video production and I have critiqued a thousand promos in my time... that does not mean I know what I am talking about because there are many ways to skin a cat.
Good luck - it is a really nice video as is but you asked how to make it better.